Monday, November 06, 2006

The Archer's Canterbury Tale

I finally got to take my pilgrimage down to Canterbury this week. I have been scheming to do this for a while. Thus, this segment is called The Archer's Canterbury Tale. (And, yes, I have been saving this blog entry title for a year now.)
This Choose-your-own-adventurePilgrimage begins at the city gates. Canterbury was once a walled city, and some of the wall still remains.
Pilgrims would have entered through the East Gate here, across the river and into the town.
Later Pilgrims get the fun of touching the tree planted by Sir Thomas More, whose head is allegedly buried outside the city gates.
Upon entering the inner wall, a pilgrim gets his or her first view of Canterbury Cathedral.
One enters the Cathedral through this end of the Cathedral.
First our journey begins in crypt, going down through where Thomas Becket was murdered. Cameo appearances by numerous saints here. Yes, those are real bones.
One of the side altars in the Crypt has this lovely mural above it.
Having gone back up to the main Nave, a pilgrim walks up to the chancel screen. Before passing through, look up to the main tower. Modern pilgrams walk over the Compass Rose, the symbol of the Anglican Communion.
This is the main altar of Canterbury cathedral. It was really rather dark, so I had to tinker a bit with the photo when I got back home.
After a day of pilgramaging, prayer, and Evensong, the pilgrim walks away with this impressive Night view.

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